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What do nylon stockings and atomic bombs have in common? DuPont. The chemical firm of DuPont de Nemours pioneered the development of both nylon and plutonium, playing an important role in the rise of mass consumption and the emergence of the notorious “military-industrial complex.” In this fascinating account of the lives and careers of Du Pont’s chemical engineers, Pap A. Ndiaye deftly illustrates the contribution of industry to the genesis of a dominant post–World War II “American model” connecting prosperity with security. The consumer and military dimensions of twentieth-century American history are often studied separately. Ndiaye reunites them by examining Du Pont's development of nylon, which symbolized a new way of life, and plutonium, which was synonymous with annihilation. Reflecting on the experiences and contributions of the company's engineers and physicists, Ndiaye traces Du Pont's transformation into one of the corporate models of American success.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Translator’s Note
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. DuPont and the Rise of Chemical Engineering
  2. pp. 5-62
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  1. 2. From Ammonia to Nylon: Technologies and Careers
  2. pp. 63-105
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  1. 3. Culture and Politics at DuPont before World War II
  2. pp. 106-140
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  1. 4. The Forgotten Engineers of the Bomb
  2. pp. 141-178
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  1. 5. The Heyday and Decline of Chemical Engineering
  2. pp. 179-228
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 229-233
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  1. Images
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 235-265
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  1. Essay on Sources and Historiography
  2. pp. 267-281
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-289
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421403342
Related ISBN
9780801884443
MARC Record
OCLC
608111346
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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